The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Read what powers it prohibits on the government with these titles from our digital collections.

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The debate over the Bill of Rights still continues through many Supreme Court decisions. By pulling back the curtain on the short-sighted and self-interested intentions of the founding fathers, Berkin reveals the anxiety many felt that the new federal government might not survive—and shows that the true “original intent” of the Bill of Rights was simply to oppose the Antifederalists who hoped to diminish the government’s powers. This book is “a highly readable American history lesson that provides a deeper understanding of the Bill of Rights, the fears that generated it, and the miracle of the amendments” (Kirkus Reviews).

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A discussion of the historical influences on the creation of the Bill of Rights and the 17 next amendments to the Constitution as well as their influences on American life.

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In the earliest days of our nation, a handful of unsung heroes—including women, slaves, and an Iroquois chief—made crucial contributions to our republic. They pioneered the ideas that led to the Bill of Rights, the separation of powers, and the abolition of slavery. Yet, their faces haven't been printed on our currency or carved into any cliffs. Instead, they were marginalized, silenced, or forgotten—sometimes by an accident of history, sometimes by design.

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Our Founding Fathers created the Bill of Rights to document our unalienable rights and to strictly limit the government's power. These 10 amendments are central to what makes our great nation unique; the foundation of American exceptionalism. Yet, that foundation is quickly eroding. With every new sweeping regulation and invasive policy, the Obama administration is twisting the Bill of Rights and corrupting its true purpose. Here to rescue this sacred document from the leftist politicians and activist liberal judges is bestselling author Frank Miniter with his new book, Saving the Bill of Rights: Exposing the Left's Campaign to Destroy American Exceptionalism. In Saving the Bill of Rights, Miniter examines and explains the Bill of Rights amendment by amendment, reminding us exactly what we can do "and more importantly, what the federal government can't do. "The Left has hijacked The Bill of Rights," says Miniter, "and it's up to us to take it back." In Saving the Bill of Rights, Miniter reveals exactly how we can reassert the power of the Bill of Rights to its proper role in government and reestablish our Founding Fathers' vision for America.

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